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How to Close Every End-of-Year Gift and Set Yourself Up for Success in 2023


November is always crunch time to make sure that you have the systems in place, with the right communications and outreach so that you can close all the gifts your worked so hard to put in place by that magical moment – December 31! During this time, there are many competing interests to juggle: Reaching our donors in between the upcoming holidays throughout November and December; Giving Tuesday; End-of-Year mail campaigns; Special Events; and the day-to-day tasks of running the organization. Laura has created the right structure for you to master your calendar and optimize the ideal times when you can reach your supporters. Communicating with supporters when THEY are in the right frame of mind to have those meaningful conversations will maximize your success to CLOSE all types of gifts. Bonus time – she will show you how you can use December as the perfect time to line up your visits and outreach in January and February so that you start 2023 off and running with new gifts in the new year.


  • Select the right mode of communications to reach each person. Keep in mind it may not be the way you have reached them previously.
  • Carefully craft the right words with the right tone that will motivate them to make a decision by the end-of-the year.
  • Learn the ideal week to contact each person as well as how to inspire your leadership, donors, and volunteers to help you during that week to close the gifts.
  • Couple your “closing conversation” with an invitation to meet with them early in the new either to steward the gift; receive the gift if the person could not commit; or to set up the enhanced larger gift in 2023.


  • Laura Fredricks, J.D.

    Laura Fredricks, JD, is the Billion Dollar Ask Maker Powerhouse, who as CEO and Founder of THE ASK© and an international consultant, trains and coaches individuals, nonprofits and businesses on How to ASK and GET exactly what you want.  Her structured "5-Step Process for any ASK" has brought resounding sustainable monetary success worldwide.  Her best-selling book:  "THE ASK:  For Business, For Philanthropy and Everyday Living" has helped hundreds of boards, fundraisers attorneys, business owners, entrepreneurs, teenagers, artists and philanthropists get their Best Life Possible through THE ASK.

    As a “seasoned 30-year member of AFP” she has served on the Philadelphia and NYC AFP Chapter Boards and is a regularly featured speaker at ICON as well as over 50 chapter conferences nationally and internationally. Laura was bestowed the prestigious “Ralph E. Chamberlain Award” for extraordinary leadership in the field of fundraising and lifetime of service to the profession as well as the “50 over 50 Best in Nonprofit and Media Award.”

November 2, 2022
Wed 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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